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Gumdrop Girl
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I just wanted to warn people of a certain legal loophole that makes it very difficult for me to confide in my gynecologist.

Yes, physicians have to be confidential with information regarding their patients. For most people, doctor-patient confidentiality is not a problem.

However, if your parents are physicians (as in my case), they may request information from other physicians. This includes the possibility of my father (a surgeon) asking my gynecologist (a friend and colleague of his) any information about my treatments and conditions.

This means if I tell my gynecologist that I am sexually active, she could tell my father, and boy would I be in serious trouble!!!

I don't think my dad is the type to snoop, but he certainly could if he felt like it.

Fortunately, since I'm away at college, I go to University Health Services.

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Ashley
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I am in the same position. WEll, It is true that your parents can do that if they have friends in that medical feild. You should also know that it is illegal, and your gyno. can be sued. If you are away at college, then you shouldn't worry about that. You are 18 or older right? That is strictly your information, and ocasonally your doctors. Well, I hope that I have helped! Good Luck!
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Gumdrop Girl
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no, they cannot be sued. yes, it's immoral for the gynecologist to disclose such information to my parents if they ever requested it, but as colleagues, the law is on their side.

besides, for me to protest would involve suing my parents, and most people would have moral objections to doing so (even if they piss you off, they're still your parents).

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negative*nancy
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I think that if your GYN tells any information to your dad, It should be pertaining a specific incedent, like if you had an entropic fetus or something, in which case your father would have to operate on you. It doesn't seem like doctors would just blab to eachother about patients.

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ooh.

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